(Reuters) – Sad piano chords, somber shots of empty streets and close-ups of people staring out their windows. So prevalent were coronavirus-themed ads that followed a similar template just a few weeks ago, they were parodied in a YouTube compilation video: “Every COVID-19 Commercial is Exactly the Same.”
FILE PHOTO: An empty Times Square is seen following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New York City, U.S., March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
While the ads were meant to convey solidarity with those sacrificing and suffering, advertisers are finally lightening up.
Anheuser-Busch’s (ABI.BR) Budweiser in late April